PHILIP WILLIAM MAHIN
Philip William Mahin of Summersville, WV passed away
on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at his home.
Philip was born on January 26, 1932 in Bridgeville, PA.
He was the son of Irene Hughes Mahin and William E.
Mahin. His brother, Richard E. Mahin (deceased) and
sister, Diane Wheeler, Honolulu, HI, were particular close
family. Surviving are his wife of 60+ years, Clarissa Brady
Mahin, son, Dr. Bruce P. Mahin of Radford, VA, son,
Stephen W. Mahin, of Underhill, VT, daughter, Clarissa Ann
Clark of Davidson, NC, and four granddaughters, Gracie,
Kathleen, Carly, and Danielle.
Philip was a member of the Masonic Fraternity, Acacia,
and a graduate of the University of Illinois (BA Economics)
and the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of
Finance (MBA). He met his future wife, Clarissa Brady, in
Philadelphia while studying at Wharton. He spent
seventeen years in various corporate and division
assignments with Westinghouse Electric and WABCO. His
business responsibilities involved travel to company
licenses and distributors in Argentina, India, Zambia
(Africa), Mexico, and Canada.
In 1972, he changed careers and joined academia at
West Virginia University. He was an Associate Professor of
Marketing in the College of Business and Economics. He
thoroughly enjoyed teaching marketing, selling, sales
management, and business to business marketing
courses. He served as the college’s Internship Director,
organized an overseas internship program, and coordinated
two separate overseas visits for his students to large
corporations in England, France, and Switzerland.
Philip authored two text books- “Entrepreneurial Skills,
Cases in Small Business Management”, which was adopted
by eight colleges, and “Business to Business Marketing”.
He served as a marketing consultant with the Small
Business Administration, McGraw-Hill, and West Publishing
Philip was a two time recipient of the Freedom
Foundation’s George Washington Honor Medal for
Excellence in economic education. At WVU, his
administrative responsibilities included serving as the Acting
Chair and Chairperson of the Marketing Department. In
1997, he retired Emeritus from West Virginia University.
After retirement, he served as an Elder of the
Summersville Presbyterian Church. His affection for people
and town of Summersville led him to participate in
beautification activities in “downtown Summersville”. He
was a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission,
chair of the Community Revitalization Committee, and
served as chair, New River Community and Technical
College’s Foundation Board of Advisors.
A memorial service to celebrate Philip’s life will be held
at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Summersville
Presbyterian Church. There will be no visitation or calling
hours. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial
contributions be made in Philip William Mahin’s name to the
Summersville Presbyterian Church, 427 Waters Street,
Summersville, WV 26651. Arrangements were made by
the White Funeral Home in Summersville.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.